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 Tuesday, May 10, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


What's New in the Department of Human Resources
By Allison Sylvest

New initiatives and training sessions are in the planning stages or are already underway in the Department of Human Resources (HR).

Each of the three HR units-Employment Services, Office of Sexual Harassment and Labor Relations, and Organizational and Employee Development-have unique tutorials, seminars and courses available to staff and faculty. "We try to meet the needs of the CU-Boulder community by continually designing and providing training and other opportunities to help employees and supervisors do their jobs more easily and efficiently," said Director Zan Johns.

In addition to their standard supervisory and performance management training, Employment Services recently added three new training programs: interview training for supervisors, Fair Labor Standards Act training and scope of work, which details the processes involved in hiring independent contractors to work on specific projects.

The Office of Sexual Harassment and Labor Relations is designing a training program specifically for payroll personnel liaisons based on information needed from campus offices.

Also, Organizational and Employee Development's University Perspective program, a selective nine-month leadership development course, will graduate 16 employees on May 11.

The HR Internet support team is working to create an online version of their new exit survey so that exiting faculty and staff may fill out and submit the form from their desktops. "We encourage employees to fill out the survey because we like to have feedback," said Shashi Pillai, communications and outreach coordinator for HR. "If someone wants to meet for a one-on-one exit interview, we're happy to do that as well."

Most of HR's work is related to the functioning of CU-Boulder as a whole and the office strives to continually exchange information with other departments and units. The Human Resources Council meets quarterly and includes representatives from HR, the Office of the Chancellor and vice chancellors, schools and colleges and administrative departments.

"Our goal is to serve as strategic partners with the CU-Boulder community, especially on important human resource related issues," said Johns. "Internal and external outreach is an important priority."

For more information visit the Human Resources website.

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